Flagging up a warmer day out

nbua-14-04-11-flaggraces - Mark Caley, a past winner at Flagg Races, on Twist and Shout. Flagg Races takes place on Easter Tuesday, April 26. Photo contributed.
nbua-14-04-11-flaggraces - Mark Caley, a past winner at Flagg Races, on Twist and Shout. Flagg Races takes place on Easter Tuesday, April 26. Photo contributed.

PREPARATIONS are well underway for Flagg Races, which take place on Easter Tuesday, April 26 – later than usual, so it might be warmer!

One of Britain’s oldest races, Flagg has been running for the last 118 years at Flagg moor, five miles south of Buxton on the A515.

The Members Race, the first on a card of seven, starting at 1pm, is run over the natural stone wall countryside, with jockeys choosing their own route over a given distance.

This year, for the first time in the event’s history, the race will start on the course and race away across country.

Jockeys will choose their own line to a given point, and then loop back onto the course, past the crowds, to go around the course, before making the long climb back up the hill.

For the second year running, there will also be Pony racing, with kids and ponies taking part.

Parking is free and pedestrian tickets cost £10 per person with children under 14 free.

The more glamorous race-goers may be invited to take part in the “Best Turned Out Racegoer” to compete for prizes.

Those wishing to watch the races from the comfort of their car can pre- book a space in the “Reserved” car park for £50, contact Rebecca Edge on 07886 109150.